The motto of Alaska Airlines is to strive to make your travel experience as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible. This includes those folks traveling with an emotional support animal.
However, even though Alaska Airlines is happy to accommodate you and your emotional support animal, be sure to follow their rules and regulations concerning your emotional support animal.
Pre-Flight ESA Requirements for Alaska Airlines
Before you book a flight on Alaska Airlines, there is some paperwork you will have to have in place in order to be allowed on board with your Emotional Support Animal. You will need to qualify for an ESA Letter from an LMHP and your ESA letter must include the following:
- The emotional/mental disability must be listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-V)
- You must need the ESA for the flight itself or for the support at your final arrival point
- Your licensed mental health professional must provide his/her license number, the jurisdiction or state of issue and the date of that issued license
- Your ESA letter must be on your licensed mental health professional’s official letterhead and dated no later than one year from traveling date
Work with a mental health professional licensed to recommend Emotional Support Animals to see if you qualify
Additional Alaska Airlines Emotional Support Animal Documents (Updated Nov 8, 2019)
UPDATED: November 2019, to reflect Alaska Airline’s new Emotional Support Animal policy
Alaska Airlines will now you to complete 3 additional forms (in addition to your ESA letter) for your emotional support animal. Their form was updated recently, so even if you have flown with them before, make sure you have the right form for any upcoming trips. The new Alaska Airline forms can be found here: Alaska Airlines ESA Forms.
All forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 206-392-2804.
The new Alaska Air forms require the following:
- Animal Health Advisory Form
- Mental Health Professional Form
- Guest Liability Form
In-Cabin Policies Concerning ESA’s & Alaska Airlines
When you are onboard Alaska Airline your pet must be under your control at all times and may not block the aisle or any exits. You will also not be granted seating in the emergency exit rows. Emotional support animals are not allowed on the seats, but they may sit at your feet or on your lap.
If another customer is allergic to your emotional support animal, the flight attendant will be able to place them in another seat away from your ESA.
What Type of Emotional Support Animals Are Not Allowed on Alaska Airlines?
Alaska Airline does have some strict policies on the types of ESA’s they will allow in the cabin of the aircraft. ESA’s that are not allowed are on board include;
- Sugar Gliders
- Non-household birds (farm poultry, fowl etc.)
- Smelly or unkempt animals
- Unusual or exotic animals
Alaska Airlines and Emotional Support Animals
Alaska Airlines wants to make your traveling experience a pleasant and hassle-free one, so be sure to have your paperwork in order and ready to give to one of their customer care agents. In addition, although Alaska Airlines does not specifically identify this policy, it’s always best to give the airline advance notice of having an ESA and to arrive well ahead of your scheduled flight time.